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We're not the first to observe this: plug an Android tablet into a charge (or even better, a wireless charger or dock) and it becomes a pretty splendid digital photo frame, like the one you gave your Grandma three Christmases ago that's still in the box. Cloud.TV, the developer behind the excellent HD Widgets, would like to offer you a more powerful alternative. Meet Dayframe, a connected and continuously-updating photo frame app.

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The idea behind Dayframe is admirably simple: it gathers photos from some well-liked public streams on Flickr, Instagram, 500px, and others, plus your own social media and local photos, and displays them in a simple and pleasing slideshow. The execution is great, but what's really impressive about the app is the options and customization. Right off the bat you're give the chance to import your own local or cloud photos, and there's an extensive, category-driven selection of pre-picked streams from the web.

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Once you've added your own photos or categories, you can select an individual feed from the right-hand slide-out menu and start from any photo you like. While displaying photos Dayframe can navigate back and forth in the stream, share socially, and even launch apps via touch zones on the screen itself, turning the app into a combination of screen saver launcher. Users can choose which elements to display or hide, including the notification bar, which can be set to pop up only for new alerts. Screensaver settings let you set conditions on when the slideshow starts, including time of day, charging status and source, and WiFi connection.

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At the moment Dayframe is in beta, but it's using the popular Google+ method to verify testers. Just head to this Google+ community, become a member, and follow the link to the Google Play test, and you're in. The app will come out of beta next Tuesday, November 12th, when it will be a free download.

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The developer is planning a few features for the pro ("Prime") version, including more advanced timers, weather display, cross-device syncing, and more playlist options. A price for the Prime version has not been set yet.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • ryanryan007

    does anyone know what kind of stand is being used in that first thumbnail pic?

    • Mayoo

      I do. I also want a Qi version of this stand.

      • http://mixwit.com Michael Christoff

        We haven't found one of these, but would love to try one if you do!

      • Haunter

        >Says he knows which stand it is.

        >Doesn't bother to tell us what stand it is.

        • Mayoo

          I've rephrased. It indeed made no sense at all.

      • Fadakar

        Try the TYLT stand.

        • http://mixwit.com Michael Christoff

          Nice tip on the TYLT. I just bought one. Seems perfect for dayframe.

    • http://mixwit.com Michael Christoff

      Dayframe dev here.

      It's the Elango P2. You can find it on amazon:

      http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003QCOKGO/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B003QCOKGO&linkCode=as2&tag=cloudtv0b-20

      It's one of 3 choices we recommend:

      http://cloud.tv/blog/2013/best-phone-and-tablet-stands-for-android/

      IMHO the p2 is the best though. We have 10+ of these at the office.

      • Mayoo

        Thank you good sir. Like reviewed, the Tough Out Stabile 2.0 is indeed pricey. I will never pay that price.

        The P2 is tempting but the full price is ridiculous ($50)!

        • http://mixwit.com Michael Christoff

          It's $29 on amazon, but yes I agree it's still a bit pricey for a piece of metal.

      • Josh Flowers

        any chance that a "google sign-in" button will be enabled, as opposed to manually entering in the information for access to G+ photos?
        sorry to tack on to this other question

        • http://mixwit.com Michael Christoff

          We tried that. The problem is the old picasa web albums APIs which we have to use to get g+ photos require it. You can only get a little bit of information via the g+ sso api.

          Here's to hoping google puts out an official g+ photos api so we can finally get rid of picasa :)

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  • peterkeizer

    What's that Galaxy S4 cover in the first thumbnail pic?